Water Management Systems in Australian Mines
Replies to a comprehensive questionnaire on mine water resource management systems (WRMS), which were distributed to a selection of Australian mining operations in 1991, are analysed. Although the replies cannot be considered fully representative of the industry, they do provide a good qualitative indication of water resource management in the industry at that time. Within Australia's largely arid land mass, a majority of mines normally need to conserve water, a few need to dispose of water and a number face a seasonally varying position. An assessment of the importance of WRMS compared with management of ore extraction and processing is given. A risk assessment of failure is given: there is more acceptance of WRMS failure in the Mine compared with the mill. An assessment is made of considerations in WRMS design. Managements are generally pro-active in the design of WRMS and in the setting of performance standards. The operational characteristics of mine systems are examined in detail. Companies generally do not appear to allocate sufficient resources for the collection of basic WRMS monitoring data and knowledge of the water budget to efficiently manage the system. This indicates scope for considerable cost savings in most mines.
S. Gillies and C. V. McQuade, "Water Management Systems in Australian Mines," AusIMM Proceedings, Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM), Jan 1995.
Mining and Nuclear Engineering
Keywords and Phrases
Australia; Mine Water Resource Management Systems; Mines
Article - Conference proceedings
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